A Rainy Day In New York - 2019 - 6/10 Middling Woody Allen effort of collegiate couple heading to Manhattan. In Gotham, they get separated and have different adventures. The girl meets the wary, cult director and assorted creative types. The boy deals with family expectations, and individuals from his past. Great looking film, lensed by Sorano (who also shot Café Society and Wonder Wheel ). The dialogue is too arch and twee for my liking. No one, not even on live theatre, talks like this. Lead actor Timothée Chalamet seems to be mimicking Woody Allen performances. This grew on me. Probably on a par with Irrational Man .
Under Siege - 1992 - 6/10 Guilty pleasure here, from the era of “action heroes” (which bloated into “super heroes”) Steven Seagal plays lowly Navy cook on battleship that falls under the control of mercenaries. Seagal, you guessed it, more than a mere cook, takes on the hijackers. Mindless film benefits from excellent villains, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey. Even the second tier villains are great. Seagal, also, is not a one man show. He receives assistance from supporting characters. Followed by an inferior sequel and a seemingly endless stream of chest-thumping duds for Seagal.